Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Preventing Miscarriage Before Pregnancy

(Liz Bonis) -- Women's health specialists say there are eight things a woman can do before she gets pregnant to help lower her odds of having a miscarriage.

Dr. Mable Roberts, an obstetrician/gynecologist, said the average miscarriage rate is about 15 percent due to problems related to chromosomes.

However, once a heartbeat is detected, those odds drop significantly.

“If you have an identifiable pregnancy and you see a baby with a heartbeat by ultrasound, that percent of risk drops to about three percent,” she said.

While moms can't control everything, Roberts said there are eight things a woman planning a pregnancy can do to lower her odds of having a miscarriage.

1. Don't smoke.
2. Don't drink alcohol
3. Take a multi-vitamin with folic acid
4. Get regular exercise
5. Eat a healthy diet
6. Get body weight close to ideal numbers
7. Balance blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
8. If you take medications, make sure they are compatible with pregnancy -- especially those for high blood pressure.

Roberts says most of the time it all comes down to pretty much one thing:

“The healthier you are the lower your chances of miscarriage,” she said.

If you've had a previous miscarriage, Roberts said prenatal testing may also be recommended

Source: http://www.13wham.com/guides/health/story.aspx?content_id=0d38b064-8cbb-48ff-80b9-e748f64a6b9b

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